Open-Ended National Programming Available for On-Demand Viewing
Bay Steet Theatre and Literature Live! present
Harris Yulin as Ahab; Allen O'Reilly as Coffin Composite Images by Mike Billings
Literature Live! returns with an online theatrical production of Herman Melville’s American classic Moby Dick.
This 90-minute adaptation is based on the seminal 1851 Herman Melville novel Moby Dick; or, The Whale. Skillfully condensing and theatricalizing Melville’s classic tale, the show features a versatile ensemble of actors who portray the book’s unforgettable characters, including Ishmael, Queequeg, Starbuck, and Captain Ahab.
The exciting cast features celebrated actor and East End native Harris Yulin; Broadway and stage stars Dan Domingues, Wonza Johnson, Nehal Joshi, John Kroft, and Trent Saunders; and Bay Street’s Director of Education, Allen O’Reilly. The production is adapted by Bay Street Theater Director of Education & Community Outreach, Allen O’Reilly, directed by Bay Street Theater’s Associate Artistic Director Will Pomerantz, and features special video effects and editing by Mike Billings, an original score by Michael Holland, and costume design by Meghan O’Beirne.
Following this online premiere, the audience is invited to “raise a cup of ale” alongside the production's cast and crew as part of a talkback segment held via Zoom.
Now in its twelfth year, Literature Live! is a BOCES-approved Arts-in-Education program designed specifically with middle and high school age students, their teachers, and administrators in mind. Plays are chosen from standards-based literature and are supported with teacher-developed lesson plans and reference materials. All performances are approximately 90 minutes in length, and provided free of charge to any school group, their teachers, and administrators. In the past, schools from as far west as Hempstead and Brentwood have enjoyed Literature Live! productions, and additional showings for those with special needs, including the Cleary School for the Deaf, have been provided, as well. With over 30,000 students and nearly 60 schools participating, Literature Live! remains a cornerstone of Bay Street’s Educational outreach programming.
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Mahershala Ali, Angela Davis, More Join HBO’s Between the World and Me
The adaptation is based on The Apollo staging of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ work, who also performs in the special.
Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, author Ta-Nehisi Coates, activist Angela Davis, and more have joined the cast of HBO’s adaptation of Coates’ Between the World and Me. The special will debut November 21 at 8 PM ET.
Tip “T.I.” Harris, Mimi Jones, Ledisi, Greg Alverez Reid, Nate Smith, and Olivia Washington have also joined a previously announced lineup including Tony winners Phylicia Rashad, Courtney B. Vance, and Oprah Winfrey, and Oscar and Emmy nominee Angela Bassett. Rounding out the cast are Alicia Garza, Jharrel Jerome, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Janet Mock, Jason Moran, Joe Morton, Wendell Pierce, Mj Rodriguez, Kendrick Sampson, Yara Shahidi, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Pauletta Washington, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Michelle Wilson.
Phylicia Rashad, Courtney B. Vance, Angela Bassett, and Oprah
Published in 2015 and written as a long-form letter to Coates’ son, Between the World and Me examines what it means to be Black in America today.
The HBO presentation is inspired by The Apollo's 2018 staging of the work, combining elements of that production, including readings from the book, and will again be directed by Kamilah Forbes. In addition, the special incorporates documentary footage from the performers’ home lives, archival footage, and animation.
Between the World and Me is executive produced by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Roger Ross Williams. Williams’ production company One Story Up produce
Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon
Merely Marvelous: The Dancing Genius of Gwen Verdon is an intimate documentary of Broadway’s greatest dancer, the brilliant Gwen Verdon. Available here on DVD and on Amazon for digital rental or purchase.
The muse of both Jack Cole and Bob Fosse, Gwen Verdon changed the face of Broadway choreography over forty years. Through rare footage of Gwen Verdon performing in iconic stage musicals from Can-Can through Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity and Chicago, modern audiences can see Gwen at her best and learn the unexpected and surprising true story behind her success and career.
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HBO MAX presents
TV-MA | 5.1 | HD
When Luis A. Miranda Jr. left Puerto Rico for New York City in the 1970s, he had big dreams. This inspiring film looks at the man who helped shape New York politics for over three decades, including his plan to provide relief efforts following Hurricane Maria's devastation in Puerto Rico and his effort to bring his son Lin-Manuel Miranda's production of Hamilton to the island.
2020 | 1 HR 35 MIN
NOW ON NETFLIX, A NEW FILM VERSION OF MART CROWLEY'S THE BOYS IN THE BAND, DIRECTED BY JOE MANTELLO.
At a birthday party in 1968 New York, a surprise guest and a drunken game leave seven gay friends reckoning with unspoken feelings and buried truths.
Based on the ground-breaking 1968 play and its 2018 Revival, this film features the all-openly-gay cast of that 2018 revival:
Jim Parsons as Michael
Zachary Quinto as Harold
Matt Bomer as Donald
Andrew Rannells as Larry
Charlie Carver as Cowboy
Robin de Jesús as Emory
Brian Hutchison as Alan
Michael Benjamin Washington as Bernard
Tuc Watkins as Hank
The Shakespeare Folger Library presents
Streaming on YouTube | Free
Witches! Ghosts! Something wicked coming this way! Folger Theatre and Two River Theater's bloody and magical Macbeth is perfect viewing for Halloween.
YOUR NEXT OBSESSION IS
A KILLER NEW DIGITAL MUSICAL
“A KILLER PARTY:
A MURDER MYSTERY MUSICAL”
TO BEGIN STREAMING
ORIGINAL MUSICAL FEATURES BROADWAY FAVORITES
JEREMY JORDAN, ALEX NEWELL, LAURA OSNES, DREW GEHLING,
MICHAEL JAMES SCOTT, JARROD SPECTOR, CAROLEE CARMELLO, JACKIE BURNS,
KRYSTINA ALABADO, MIGUEL CERVANTES, JESSICA KEENAN-WYNN
Starring theater favorites Jessica Keenan-Wynn as Detective Case, Michael James Scott as Varthur McArthur, Krystina Alabado as Lily Wright, Carolee Carmello as Justine Case, Drew Gehling as Cameron Mitchelljohn, Jackie Burns as Joan McArthur, Laura Osnes as Vivika Orsonwelles, Jarrod Spector as George Murderer, Alex Newell as Shea Crescendo, Miguel Cervantes as Clarke Staples and Jeremy Jordan as…Jeremy Jordan, this hilarious and irreverent send-up of the classic Murder Mystery features an all-star creative team that includes Jason Howland (Music), Nathan Tysen (Lyrics), Kait Kerrigan (Book), Marc Bruni (Direction), Bobby Pearce (Costume Design), Billy Jay Stein (Music Producer) and HMS Media (Video Post-Production).
When Varthur McArthur, the artistic director of a failing theater in Duluth, invites his troupe of disgruntled actors and collaborators to the first read of an “immersive murder mystery dinner party,” no one knew that he would be the victim. Or did they? Enter eager, determined, and untested Detective Justine Case. After sequestering the guests into separate rooms (because, you know, social-distancing), she gets down to finding out whodunnit, uncovering secret affairs, life-long grudges, backstage drama, and a lot of musical theater song and dance. Sifting through lies and red herrings and a truly baffling murder mystery script left by the deceased, Case vows to find the truth and secure her future as a great detective.
Available for streaming beginning August 5, each episode of A Killer Party: Murder Mystery Musical is approximately 6-8 minutes in length, and three episodes will debut at a time. With over 80 minutes of content, plus bonus behind-the-scenes footage including bloopers, cut material, interviews with cast, and more, A Killer Party hopes to entertain the masses until Broadway returns.
Children’s Books Adapted Into Beautifully Inventive Shows
From Chicago Children’s Theatre
LEO LIONNI’S FREDERICK
The Caldecott Award-winning picture book by Leo Lionni comes to brand new life as a clever and colorful virtual puppet show gently narrated by Michael Shannon, a founder of Chicago’s A Red Orchid Theatre and star of films such as Shape of Water, Revolutionary Road, and the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Runs Aug 17, 2020 – Mar 31, 2021
$25 Suggested Donation
DOLL FACE HAS A PARTY!
A charming, zany, 10-minute toy theater show directed by Brian Selznick, writer and illustrator of “The Invention of Hugo Cabaret” and “The Houdini Box.” The story—based on the 1994 book written by Pam Conrad and illustrated by Selznick—is about a doll who throws herself a party with her friend’s knife, fork, spoon, and plate.
Runs Aug 17, 2020 – May 21, 2021
$25 Suggested Donation
STREAMING NOW - THE ARTIST CHANNELS
WATCH MORE THAN 350 VIDEOS FROM MUSICAL THEATER'S MOST EXCITING CONTEMPORARY SONGWRITERS
Broadway On Demand has launched The Artist Channels, a new section of the platform devoted to musical theater composers and lyricists. The Artist Channels provide a digital space for theater fans to explore the incredible talent of the songwriters who are creating today's new musicals.
Explore our 36 Artist Channels available now, and check back as more are added in the coming weeks!
Watch Trailer for Filmed Version of Broadway's What the Constitution Means to Me
Heidi Schreck's Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-nominated play heads to Amazon Prime Video October 16.
In the Tony-nominated and Pulitzer Prize finalist play, Schreck resurrects her teenage self—when she put herself through college by giving speeches about the U.S. Constitution—to trace the effects of the founding document on generations of women, including many in her own family.
Marielle Heller helmed the Oliver Butler-directed production for the screen, bringing a cinematic energy to the enlightening, inspiring, and often humorous piece. The play, having first premiered in 2017, sheds light on topics that remain in the spotlight, including the Supreme Court's role in women's reproductive rights.
Schreck starred in the Broadway run alongside Mike Iveson and New York City high school students Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams; the latter two alternated in joining Schreck for an onstage debate surrounding the future of the Constitution (both are featured in the trailer).
The play's move to Amazon is part of a larger overall deal, which will see the artist creating new content specifically for the streaming platform.
David Byrne's American Utopia
The Spike Lee-directed HBO special debuts October 17
The Spike Lee-directed film, capturing the Broadway production that ran at the Hudson Theatre during the 2019–2020 season, debuts October 17. Featuring choreography by Annie-B Parsons with Alex Timbers as production consultant, the show explores the ideas of human connection, self-evolution, and social justice.
Joining the former Talking Heads frontman on stage are a band of 11 global musicians: Jacquelene Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman, Chris Giarmo, Tim Keiper, Tendayi Kuumba, Karl Mansfield, Mauro Refosco, Stéphane San Juan, Angie Swan, and Bobby Wooten III.
Glenn Close stars in this livestream benefit performance of scenes from Angels in America in support of amfAR’s Fund to Fight COVID-19. This free livestream also features an introduction by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner that contextualizes COVID-19 in relation to the early days of the AIDS epidemic. This special event marks amfAR’s historic first foray into Broadway. The selected scenes will focus on the experience of living through a plague, reaching through suffering to find hope, and on America striving and failing to reach its ideals of freedom; the event will be followed by a live talkback.
The Great Work Begins
Enter a perilous world of murderous step-mothers, devious Kings and fearless children… Adapted by Philip Pullman, the Unicorn Theatre are thrilled to present a deliciously gruesome selection of six theatrical readings from Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales, re-told for the whole family by an extraordinary cast. Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales are classic fairy tales, distilled from centuries of storytelling, timeworn but honed for the next generation to discover anew. This collection of readings, combining classic favourites with new discoveries, takes us to the very heart of imagination and speaks of the things it finds there - fear, courage, compassion and wonder.
Age guidance Recommended for ages 8-12
Be a witness to the backstage adventures and stories that make up the foundation of Cirque du Soleil’s longest running Las Vegas resident show, Mystere.
Originally conceived for WNO and Festival of Voice in 2016 and performed in a flat in Penarth, South Wales, for this version Claire was again directed by Sir David Pountney, and joined by pianist Christopher Glynn. The concept for this new digital adaptation is an intimate Zoom party at L’s studio flat, during which L receives a phone call from her lover who is ending their relationship. The medium of film offers an intimate gaze on this one-act opera, with viewers bearing witness to the range of emotions experienced by L from joy and desire to devastation and deep despair. Claire opened up her own home to allow filming and recording to happen, which took place in Oxfordshire in September under social distancing guidelines. The opera has been recorded ‘as live’, with Claire singing to Christopher’s piano accompaniment which was taking place in a separate room in the house. Multiple cameras were used to record the piece creating a performance piece that can be viewed as though it were in real time.
Available from 25 Oct | 2:00 pm EDT
Welsh National Opera
On stage, singers are rehearsing Die Walküre, when they are suddenly interrupted. As management has been laid off and the news of a global virus spreads rapidly, the Wagnerians are suddenly instructed to perform a modern satire on the situation.
Covid fan tutte satirically revisits Mozart's classic opera by adapting its storyline to reflect Finland's experience during the coronavirus crisis. Starring Karita Mattila and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the production lightheartedly follows ordinary Finns’ lives amid press conferences by the government and pandemic experts. The libretto for Covid times is by Minna Lindgren; the music is (almost) 100% Mozart's.
Available until 30 Mar | 6:59 pm EDT
The multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre presents a documentary drama featuring poetry, images, music, verbatim theatre and the UK premiere of Aram Kouyoumdjian’s award-winning monologue, Protest, commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and the 1.5 million who died under Ottoman rule.
The Armenian genocide was the first genocide of the 20th century, perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government against the Armenians, a Christian minority in a Muslim state.
For more than a quarter of a century, the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire under the leadership of Sultan Abdul Hamid II and later under the rule of the Young Turk regime suffered unspeakable abuse, torture, massacres and persecution. This resulted in the rape, murder and deportation of more than 1.5 million Armenians from their historic homeland, and the destruction of a 3000 year old culture.
The Turkish government denies to this date that such atrocities and mass murders took place and refuses to admit responsibility.
Available from 1 Nov | 2:00 pm EST
In the absence of silence is a poignant portrayal of what can all too often be untold stories, and the life-affirming and positive truth of what is possible when the silence is broken.
Five women meet on the beach in a seaside town for a picnic lunch. As the day progresses their friendship and shared experiences reveal devastating truths from the hidden corners of their lives – but through their heartache and pain has come an unbreakable bond of strength, love and hope.
This wonderfully honest and uplifting drama of hope and survival is inspired by interviews conducted with women as part of Chickenshed’s outreach project called Survivors. It has been co-produced with Creu Cymru and developed with South Gwynedd Domestic Abuse Services.
Available from 30 Oct | 3:00 pm EDT
Dickens’ most popular novel explores the unrequited love of a young boy who becomes a gentleman of means and moves to London.
Miss Havisham’s adopted daughter, Estella, cruelly breaks Pip’s heart – can he win her heart with his new-found wealth? But who is his mysterious benefactor?
Featuring some of the most famous characters in literature including the manipulative lawyer Jaggers, the terrifying convict Magwitch and a cast of bizarre, comic and absurd characters.
Little Angel Theatre are excited to be partnering with Michael Rosen to produce an online, puppetry adaptation of Clever Cakes.
First published in 1991, Clever Cakes and Other Stories is a collection of comical adventures about super-smart kids who triumph in a fun flip on traditional fairy tales. Little Angel Theatre will be adapting the title story, Clever Cakes, about a little girl called Masha and how she outwits a massive, greedy bear to escape home to her granny.
Available from 31 Oct | 8:00 pm EDT
Little Angel Studios
A witty, theatrical sitcom pilot which sets up the journey of London's latest pantomime about to hit the West End: The Fosse Forest Ballet.
Comedic star Philip Joel, is joined by a West End cast featuring Kerry Ellis, Louise Dearman and Oliver Savile, alongside Amy Bailey, Zoe Birkett, Nuwan Hugh-Perera, David Muscat and Tosh Wanogho-Maud.
All profits raised from this pilot will be donated back to the theatre community via two nominated chairites: Acting for Others and Theatres Trust.
For the price of a West End coffee, viewers can enjoy up to 40-minutes of drama, laughs and tights for just £3.49 whilst not only supporting the project, but also the industry.
Directed by Racky Plews and written by David Muscat.
Available from 12 Nov | 7:00 pm EST
“Welcome to the Cafe” - Episode 1 of the new The Theatre Channel - stars the cream of British and international musical theatre talent and sets the scene for this brand-new web series showcasing some of musical theatre’s best loved classics.
Starring: Tarinn Callender (Come From Away, Hamilton), Carrie Hope Fletcher (Heathers: The Musical, The Addams Family, Les Misérables), Oliver Ormson (Back to the Future, The Addams Family, The Book of Mormon), Matt Henry MBE (Kinky Boots, One Night in Miami), Lucie Jones (Waitress, Legally Blonde, X-Factor UK), Jenna Russell (Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George) and Jodie Steele (Six The Musical, Rock of Ages, Heathers: The Musical).
Also featured are The Cafe Four, comprising of Alyn Hawke (Oklahoma, Follies, 42nd Street), Emily Langham (The Boy Friend, Oklahoma, West Side Story), Sadie-Jean Shirley (City of Angels, Ghost: The Musical, Aladdin) and Alex Woodward (Mamma Mia, Hairspray), who welcome us into the Cafe and, like a Greek chorus, guide us through the musical numbers.
All of the planned series of ten stand-alone performances are being staged and filmed with super high production values, on location at The Theatre Café in the heart of the West End.
Available from 15 Nov | 7:00 pm EST
Get ready for another fun family night hosted by Disney Cruise Line! This time we’re bringing the world of Arendelle into your homes with a virtual watch party of our Broadway-style stage production, “Frozen, A Musical Spectacular.”
Doctor Henry Jekyll is a good man. Successful within his field and respected by his peers, he’s close to a neurological discovery that will change the face of medical science forever. However, his methods are less than ethical, and when a close friend and colleague threatens to expose and destroy his work, Jekyll is forced to experiment on himself, whereupon something goes very wrong…or very right. And suddenly Jekyll has a new friend, the brutal Edward Hyde.
A thrilling adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde immerses you in the myth and mystery of 19th century London’s fog-bound streets where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every chilling twist and turn. Gripping, stylish and thought-provoking, this is unmissable theatre. Go on. Treat your dark side!